What Criteria Makes Porcelain Veeners an Option for Some People?

Why wouldn't someone be a good candidate for porcelain veeners?

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Conditions for Not getting Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain Veneers are  great tools that can be used to enhance someone appearance but there are times when someone may not be a candidate.   These include:

  • Uncontrolled Gum disease - Poor periodontal (gums) condition
  • Too much bone loss
  • Lack of back teeth to balance the bite.  This will create too much pressure and stress on the veneers since too much chewing pressure will be applied to them.  This can be avoided by replacing the back teeth with Implants 
  • Heavily restored existing teeth/tooth with little of the natural crown remaining.  In such cases a crown may be the better option, otherwise an Implant or a partial denture may be required.
  • Unstable Bite/Occlusion Problems:  Commonly seen on individuals that continuously grind down their teeth. 
  • Bulimia or other sever Acid reflex conditions:  The continuous acid exposure will weaken the seal/bond between the tooth and the porcelain veneer.  In these cases a porcelain crown will be the ideal option but with emphasis on stopping the bulimic condition.

Toronto Dentist

Candidate for porcelain veneers

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One fo the main reasons someone would not be a good candidate for porcelain veneers is they have a "parafuncitonal" habit (ie clenching or grinding).  Another reason is not enough good tooth structure remains after preparing the tooth.  IF a tooth has a lot of filling material it may be a poor candidate for veneers and you would want to place a crown instead.  The patient expectations may tell us if someone is not a candidate for veneers as well.

Why wouldn't someone be a good candidate for porcelain veeners?

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Porcelain veneers are the best cosmetic option to improve the appearance of one's smile. It is a very predictable treatment option in most cases. As long as as they are done by an experienced professional the look is very natural and pleasing. Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years. All of above said assumes the case was diagnosed right. In general, porcelain veneers is my first choice (over crowns) on the lower front teeth in most cases.

There are situations, where porcelain veneers might be unappropriate treatment of choice without additional procedures . Severe grinders, who had  worn enamel and have short teeth are not good candidates for porcelain veneers. Parafunctional forces, which are 10 times stronger, will destroy veneers over short period of time.

Cases, where there are  very large spaces present, might also require addional procedure before veneers are employed.

I never say never to the patient who desires to inhance their smiles, and lives. I present choices. Hopefully your doctor does the same. Hope this helped. Good luck.

With your dental health in mind,

Dr. Ayzin


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